Stage West is celebrating its 40th year!! Our Education department is looking back and moving forward in celebration of this milestone anniversary. Our goal is to provide an experience of fun and creativity while learning the art of theater! We infuse all of our classes with acting techniques from a variety of sources.
Acting for Seniors
Sep 10 – Nov 12 | “Show & Tell”: Nov 12
Taught by Maggie Crawford
Want to learn basic acting skills and vocabulary to enhance your theatrical experiences? Come enjoy a fun-filled environment for re-visiting old skills or building new ones, with plenty of growth, stimulation and camaraderie for all!
Acting for Adults, Foundation 1 class
Ages 17 and up | Sep 10 – Dec 10 (no classes Thanksgiving Week) | “Show & Tell”: Dec 10
Part 1 taught by Beth Bando Bontley; Part 2 by Dana Schultes
For beginners as well as actors with experience
Learn new acting tools or expand your skill set. The first half of the class will be focused on Chekhov techniques and monologues. The second half will focus on Acting Craft, taught by Dana Schultes, Executive Producer of Stage West.
Acting for Seniors: $60 a month, $180 for the 3 month semester
Adult Class, Foundation 1: $75 per month, $300 for the semester
Discounts & Specials
Please choose the discount that works best for your situation. Offers may not be combined.
Season ticket holder Special:
5% off tuition for Season Ticket holders (and their immediate family)
Each additional family member or sibling gets 10% off the full-priced first member.
Pay in-full for the semester:
Take 5% off tuition.
A $35 registration fee is required upon signing up.
Email: education [at] stagewest.org
Beth Bando Bontley, Education Director
Beth has honed her skills over the decades in all areas of theater. She has acted extensively in NYC and in Boston, where she established her first acting studio. Locally she has performed with Echo, Theater 3, Circle, Runway and Artisan Theaters. She has taught at TCU, TCC, STAGE, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Children’s Theater and Kids Who Care.
Beth earned her BA in Speech and Drama at Trinity University; completed the two year conservatory at Circle in the Square in NYC; and earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
Her original one woman show, ‘Acet-o-philous or Vinegar Love’ has been performed at Arts 5th Ave, the United Solo Festival in NYC and the Ft. Worth Fringe. She is also an author and a speaker, devoted to personal and artistic growth.
Margaret has performed extensively in Metroplex theaters, including Fort Worth Community Theater, Arlington Theater, Hip Pocket Theater and Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park. At Stage West, she appeared in Major Barbara, You Can't Take It With You, Spoon River Anthology, Ion and is perhaps best remembered for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
At Creative Arts Theater and School (CATS) she taught classes, directed main stage shows and ran the Box Office. Classes included Beginning Acting classes for ages 4 years to adults; Advanced Acting; and specialty classes for advanced students in Shakespeare, Dialects, and Directing.
She also created an adult Reader's Theater touring group - and toured local schools in the educational production of "Who's Afraid of Shakespeare" In recent years, she taught the Theater Arlington TAG players (a senior's touring group) and later joined the class as a participant.
Margaret is greatly looking forward to working with Stage West in their educational program.